Pernell-Karl Sylvester "P. K." Subban MSC is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman presently affiliated with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a decorated player at the international level, having been a member of the gold-medal-winning Canadian team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. A native of Toronto, Subban, along with his brothers, played for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the junior years. Although he grew up in Toronto, he was a supporter of the Montreal Canadiens, and not of the hometown team, Toronto Maple Leafs. During the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he was picked by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 43rd overall. He received the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman in 2013 and scored the most number of goals among defenceman along with Kris Letang. His performance convinced the Montreal Canadiens to offer him an eight-year, $72-million contract, which he accepted. In 2016, the Montreal Canadiens traded him to the Nashville Predators in a blockbuster move for defenceman Shea Weber. Three seasons later, in 2019, he was traded to the Devils for Steven Santini.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on May 13, 1989, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, P.K. Subban is one of the five children of Caribbean immigrants Karl and Maria Subban. His father was a principal at a school. Subban has two brothers, Jordan and Malcolm, and two sisters, Nastassia and Natasha. Both Jordan and Malcolm are also professional hockey players.
During his junior career, Subban played for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) along with his two brothers. Between 2005 and 2009, he spent four seasons in the OHL. Subban was included in the OHL First All-Star Team in 2009.
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Career As a Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman
The Montreal Canadiens drafted P.K. Subban in the off-season at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In May 2009, they gave him a three-year, entry-level contract. He started the 2009-10 season with the Canadiens’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Subban played 77 games for the team, registering 18 goals and 35 assists. His performance earned him spots in the AHL’s All-Rookie Team, All-Star Game, and First All-Star Team.
Later in the season, he made his debut for the Canadiens in the NHL in a match against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 12, 2010. While he did not score a goal in that match, he did earn his first NHL point through an assist. During the Playoffs, he played 14 games, scoring one goal and seven assists.
2010-11 was Subban’s first complete season with Montreal Canadiens. He played 77 games, recording 14 goals and 24 assists. In the 2011 Playoffs, he played seven games, earning four points. He is the first Canadiens rookie defenceman to register a hat-trick in a game, which occurred in a regular-season match against the Minnesota Wild on March 20, 2011.
Participating in 81 matches in the 2011-12 season, Subban registered seven goals and 29 assists. The Canadiens did not make it to the Playoffs that season and he became a restricted free agent following the conclusion of the season.
In January 2013, Subban successfully negotiated a two-year, $5.75 million deal with the Canadiens. That season, he appeared in 42 games, scoring 11 goals, and assisting in 27. In the Playoffs, he played five games and scored four points. For his performance, he received the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's defenceman of the year. He was also included in the NHL First All-Star Team.
Subban spent three more seasons with the Canadiens. In the summer of 2014, he accepted an eight-year, $72-million contract with the Montreal club. In 2016, he was traded to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber.
In his first season with the Predators, Subban registered 10 goals and 30 assists in 66 matches. His superlative performance secured his team a spot in the Playoffs, in which he appeared in 22 games and recorded 12 points. The Predators eventually lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
He was with the Predators for the following two seasons before he was traded for defenceman Steven Santini to the New Jersey Devils in June 2019.
As a member of the U20 Canadian national ice hockey team, Subban won consecutive gold medals at 2008 and 2009 IIHF World U20 Championships. He was also part of the Canadian delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. On 23 February, they defeated Sweden to win the gold medal.
Family & Personal Life
In June 2018, Subban started dating American skier Lindsey Vonn. Originally from Minnesota, Vonn is a four-time World Cup overall champion, with three successive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012. She was also the gold medallist in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2019, Vonn told the reporters that she had decided to retire from the sport.
In September 2015, Subban revealed that he had committed to accumulating $10 million for the Montreal Children's Hospital by 2022. Because of this, he received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division). After he began his tenure with the Predators, he set up The P.K.'s Blueline Buddies, which seeks to foster relationships between law enforcement officials and underprivileged youth.